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Texans Mail: Reviewing the team's safety situation

The big Texans news of the week was the team waiving safety D.J. Swearinger, a second-round pick in 2013. A lot of factors went into that decision, and we've discussed some of them here.

On my call for mailbag questions, most of the readers on Twitter wanted to look forward.

Let's do it.

Ganguli: I do indeed. A waiver claim is a much more passive activity.  You don't have to give up anything; you're just acknowledging that if he falls to you, you'll take him. Eight teams liked Swearinger, but they didn't like him enough to part with anything that would've made it worth the Texans' while. I've been asked how it was possible that the Texans were able to get something in return for T.J. Yates and Case Keenum, a fifth-round pick and an undrafted player, but not for Swearinger. The answer is simple. Quarterbacks are hard to find, even backup quarterbacks. Yates and Keenum have both won games in the NFL and that's a valuable commodity.



Ganguli: It's possible the Texans will sign a safety in the late stage. You never know who might get cut as the offseason progresses. Remember back in 2013, inside linebacker Joe Mays was cut by the Broncos during the summer and visited the Texans during training camp before he signed. They've already added Rahim Moore and Stevie Brown in free agency so far. Moore is a free safety and Brown has played both safeties, though he was a free safety in 2012 when he caught eight interceptions. Romeo Crennel said last year the Texans expect all their safeties to learn both positions and just play sides.



Ganguli: They have some versatility within their group of safeties, but I don't see them moving someone from corner to full-time safety.



Ganguli: Lonnie Ballentine's return will help the depth at this position. He played free safety in college but could be a strong safety in the NFL. It's such an unknown right now, given the fact that he was a seventh-round draft pick who spent his rookie season on injured reserve. I'll be interested to see how he looks in OTAs and training camp.



Ganguli: Releasing him now is essentially an admission of that fact. You expect a second-round pick to contribute much more than what amounts to a little over one full season of starting.